Brian Daboll not worried about Giants' lack of playoff experience: 'It's an overrated thing'

New York Giants head coach Brian Daboll greets quarterback Daniel Jones after a rushing touchdown during the second half against the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium.
New York Giants head coach Brian Daboll greets quarterback Daniel Jones after a rushing touchdown during the second half against the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium. / Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

In Giants head coach Brian Daboll's first year at the helm, he helped turn a team that went 4-13 last season and hadn't reached the postseason since the 2016 season (which was also the last time they had a winning record) back into a playoff team.

And because the Giants had been so bad for so long, lots of their most important players have no playoff experience, meaning their first taste of it will come on Sunday when the Giants face the Vikings in Minnesota in the Wild Card round.

That includes Daniel Jones, Saquon Barkley, Andrew ThomasDexter Lawrence, Xavier McKinney, Julian Love, and Azeez Ojulari.

Rookies like Kayvon Thibodeaux, Daniel Bellinger, and Evan Neal also obviously have no playoff experience.

But when asked on Monday how much playoff experience -- or the Giants' lack of it -- matters, Daboll said "not much," eventually adding that postseason experience is "overrated."

"I've been in so many different situations. First year that I was part of a Super Bowl, the quarterback didn't have any playoff experience there at New England," Daboll explained. "Some of the guys did, some didn't. We had some experience at Buffalo and lost.

Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley
Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley / Brad Penner - USA TODAY Sports

"I think really what you make out of it is the experience probably is overrated, to be honest with you. It's how you prepare, how you practice, and ultimately how you play the game and coach the game on whatever day it is.

"I've been around a lot of different teams that had varying levels of experience -- some a lot, some a little, some not much. ... I think really what matters is taking advantage of your opportunities when they come and playing a good football game, coaching a good football game. ... I really think it's an overrated thing."

Asked how important this year's playoff experience will be for what he is trying to build with the Giants, Daboll said he hadn't even thought about it.

"We're in the midst of our most important week of the season just starting out, and really don't think about it at all, to be honest with you," Daboll noted. "I think you make more out of it than it really is -- experience vs. not experience. The most important thing is playing and coaching well."

Added Daboll:

"I think the focus has to be where it's always at -- this particular week. We're guaranteed one more week, that's it."